*I received an ecopy of this book to review*
His Beloved by Anna Santos
“It was just a silly reality show… Until he chose her. Absurdly rich and gorgeous Daniel Wolfe is used to get what he wants. And he wants Jade. The powerful vampire male picks her from the crowd of screaming females willing to do anything to please him. He’s convinced that she’s the One, His Beloved. But he wasn’t prepared for a feisty girl who loathes vampires and doesn’t want to be his for all Eternity. Jade will sacrifice anything—even her freedom—to protect her orphaned little brother. But when she’s forced to join a reality show that may keep her away from him, she has to survive hell and temptation to get the money she needs to pay for her brother’s treatment. In a world that reveres vampires and reality shows rule the entertainment channels, Jade needs to endure Daniel’s seductive games for a week before she can be released from her contract and go back to take care of her brother. However, not everything is what it seems and despite her secret past and her hate for vampires, Jade may be facing a worse danger than being bitten: falling in love.
If you like:
- Vampires and Werewolves
- Possessive Males
- Spicy Scenes
- Bachelor like Settings
then this book is for you!
I’d call this book one of those upper YA/NA book because of what happens behind closed doors (refer to bullet point number three).
Based on the synopsis alone, I was all for this book because it not only is Jade on a vampire bachelor show, but I’m a huge sucker for ‘The One’ trope.
In the first third of the book I liked Daniel even though I didn’t want to because I felt like his possessiveness was a bit overwhelming. I’m all for a male wanting to protect his female and keeping her out of harms way, but I feel like this exceeds any possessiveness I’ve seen in other paranormal books. Daniel pieces together that Jade is likely his beloved (the vampire’s equivalent to a mate) and wants to try and explain to her that he is her soul mate. Well, Jade isn’t having it because of her past concerning a particularly bad incident with a old vampire, and Daniel is a major playboy. Jade is weary of Daniel calling her his beloved because she feels like it’s a ploy for the show.
Daniel seems to play all of his cards trying to convince Jade to stay with him. I feel like he may have over done it a bit because he felt really manipulative the first few days of Jade’s stay during the filming of the show.
Once I realized that Daniel wasn’t just messing with Jade’s head for the show and to get her in bed, I started to enjoy the book despite a lot of cliches. There were quite a few times where I rolled my eyes because he was laying on thick, but he generally cares for Jade and her brother.
I love that Jade is so close with her young brother and has raised him on her on after her parents death. Stevie, her brother, is a very slow to warm up kid, yet he took to Daniel right away, which is a good sign because people say that children are good at reading others. Jade has sacrificed so much of her life working so she can take care of Stevie and even stays on the show, so she can get paid for her time (and there’s the contract that she signed).
This book is really faced paced like finish cover to cover in one sitting faced paced. With that being said, I feel like it could have been slowed down a bit because at times I felt like I was getting whiplash because things happened so quickly.
And, there’s a cliffhanger, as in the plot thickens and it just ends, so I’m probably going to end up reading the next book. Which will hopeful have less of those moments that make me want to release a deep sigh and roll me eyes, and more development of the story.
Happy reading until next time,